Author Archives: Emily Files

‘Hidden learning’ in Lego robotics camp

Evie Posey and Mason Baxter explain what their EV3 robot can do.

About 20 local children spent this week trying to rescue astronauts and rovers stranded on faraway planets. Or at least…they built Lego robots that simulated those missions. more

$20 million loan for POW hydro project

Aerial view of Rich's Pond and Lake Mellen on Prince of Wales Island, part of the area in the Reynolds Creek hydro project.

A new hydro power project on Prince of Wales Island has been approved for a huge loan, bringing it one hurdle closer to completion. more

For the love of welding

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There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. more

Background checks for volunteer chaperones

The Lady Kings land in Ketchika after a three-day trip to Sitka.

The Ketchikan School Board Wednesday night approved required background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight school-sponsored trips. The policy recommendation came from the newly formed Student Safety Committee. more

School Board to vote on background checks

The Board will vote on whether to require background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight trips. The recommendation came from a school safety committee formed earlier this year. If the Board approves the change, it will go into effect in the upcoming school year. more

Inside the Crown Princess cruise ship

The Crown Princess is celebrating its first summer sailing in Alaska.

Last week, several Ketchikan residents boarded the Crown Princess as part of a ceremony celebrating the ship’s first year on an Alaska itinerary. more

Snapshots of Ketchikan’s Independence Day

Misty Thistle Pipes & Drums walked the parade and played their bagpipes around town throughout the day.

Ketchikan celebrated Independence Day with parades, hot dogs, rubber ducks, and lumberjacks. more

Greenhouse gardening in Ketchikan

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Ketchikan gardener Teri Hoyt discusses the joys and challenges of greenhouse or hothouse gardening. more

Americorps team in Ketchikan for community service

A team of six AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers are in Ketchikan clearing a new paintball field for Ketchikan Youth Initiative. The team members talked about their experience with AmeriCorps and Ketchikan. more

Garden maintenance

Lee Skidmore of the Ketchikan Garden Club answers questions from callers about garden maintenance. more